Just on the Line light,
The 36-year-old tennis pro covers InStyle’s August issue, the magazine’s first-ever “Bada** Women” issue, where she opens up about possibly expanding her family with her husband, Alexis Ohanian, and their 9-month-old daughter, Alexis Olympia, and whether becoming a mother of two would ultimately be the cause of her retirement.
“If I weren’t working, I’d already be pregnant,” admits Williams, who withdrew from the French Open earlier this month due to a chest muscle injury. “: I don’t know if I want to play if I have another baby, but you’re right. I need to talk to Alexis. We need a plan.?
This may be because it can be difficult to find a balance between tennis and motherhood. Williams’ day often starts at 2:00 a.m. or 4:00 a.m. to feed her little one.
“I’m in the locker room pumping before a match because my boobs are so big. When I pump, they go down a size or two and I go out and play. It’s crazy,” she told the magazine. “So I feed her, and then she snuggles with me, which is the best part of my day. Then we play, and after that I sneak away to practice, usually around 8 a.m. The only rule I have at practice is to be done at 1 p.m., because as much as I love tennis, I need to be with her. I want to put her above everything else I’m doing, so I take calls when she naps. I usually bathe her every night. We sing the ‘Rubber Ducky’ song, and then I ask her if she wants the express wax or the deluxe. Express is when I rub coconut oil on really fast and then I put her diaper on. Deluxe is when I do it a little slower and give her a little massage. It’s so cute. She’s in bed by 7:30 at the latest.”
Plus, Williams isn’t afraid to admit that, like many, she can be a worried parent.
“Like is she OK? What is she doing? Did she fall? Did she sit?” she told the magazine, listing her concerns. “Even when she crawls I shadow her so she doesn’t hit her head. I have a padded floor—everything makes me nervous about her. Is she in the car? Who’s driving? Why am I not driving? I want total control.”